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Oct 19, 2015 3:23 PM

Suspected Portsmouth heroin dealer indicted on charges related to overdose death


PORTSMOUTH - Amanda Burgess was indicted at Rockingham Superior Court on charges related to the death of Joseph Cahill.

Burgess is accused of selling Fentanyl, commonly mixed with heroin, to Joseph Cahill, a 27-year-old father who overdosed in June.

READ: Police say alleged drug dealer texted mother after man overdosed in front of her

Portsmouth Police said Burgess was a known heroin dealer and went on the run after Cahill was found dead.

Police said Burgess allegedly texted her mother after Cahill overdosed saying, "I killed sum one."

READ: Social media response, NH heroin dealer found in Maine

Another text messages from Burgess said, "I just watched sum one die right in front of me."

Burgess was arrested in Maine after Portsmouth police put out a plea via social media to find her.

According to the affidavit, police responded to an emergency call reporting a woman screaming. A second call from the same address reported a man in cardiac arrest. Police said they arrived to find Cahill's sister in hysterics, and Cahill unconscious on the bathroom floor along with drug paraphernalia.


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